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Trader Joe's Gives 'Much Needed Day of Rest' to Staff as Stores Will Be Closed on Easter Sunday

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 02, 2020
05:00 P.M.
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Even though the world is currently battling the coronavirus pandemic, grocery store workers have been working tirelessly to serve their communities. Now one store has chosen to give them a break during a special time in the year.


Trader Joe's took to their website to announce that their stores would be closing this month. Their stores will not be operational on Easter Sunday, April 12.

The aim of the store closure is to allow their employees a day of rest. On their website, Trader Joe’s wrote: "Fill your Trader Joe's baskets with Easter fare early...”

Trader Joe's store in Amherst, New York. The image was taken on January 14, 2018 | Photo: Wikimedia/Sikander Iqbal

Trader Joe's store in Amherst, New York. The image was taken on January 14, 2018 | Photo: Wikimedia/Sikander Iqbal


Stores that will close for Easter

Stores that are also traditionally closed for the Easter holidays include Aldi, Sam's Club, Publix, H-E-B, and Costco. However, there are other big retail stores that will be operational.

These include Kroger, Ralphs, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Besides closing for Easter Sunday, Trader Joe’s will be offering its employees several new benefits for working during the pandemic.


What Trader Joe’s offers its employees

According to their website, "On top of the $300 million+ team investment and paid leave we've already committed to.” The company has also “dedicated time for our store and distribution center team members to shop for essentials.”


Staff can shop for essential items

Their employees have the chance to shop for items like “food, baby products and medicine." Besides trying their best to look after their employees, the store has also put measures in place to look after community members.


Special morning hours at Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s recently revealed that some of their locations could be offering special early morning hours from March 21, 2020. The special hours are meant to allow people to be able to shop for essentials during the quarantine against COVID-19.


Target’s COVID-19 policy

Other stores like Target, took the special hours announcement a step further. They shared that every Wednesday would have the first shopping hour set aside.

Setting time aside for the vulnerable

The time will be available only for “vulnerable guests – including elderly and those with underlying health concerns.” A list of more stores with special hours are available here.

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